April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and
Child Abuse Prevention Month
YOUR COALITION AT WORK
This month marks both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Also, the week of April 7-11 is National Crime Victims Rights Week. Looking for ideas on how to raise awareness? Check out these resources:
Message from the Director:
Hello. Welcome to Spring in Colorado. I hope this season finds us all re-energized with the possibilities of how we can and are collectively making a difference in our communities - in the response to the crime of domestic violence, and increased safety and support for survivors.
The Rural Project is underway and shortly there will be increased support for both CCRs and Latin@ outreach across rural communities in Colorado.
CCADV will be participating on panel at the upcoming White House Regional Summit on Working Families (April 11, Denver Post Building Auditorium).
FOR GOOD MEASURE: Measuring Success on Our Own Terms. CCADV is bringing Cris Sullivan to Denver on April 14 to discuss best practices in outcomes measurement for domestic violence programs. Dr. Sullivan is a preeminent expert in research relating to gender-based violence. As we all know, funders and others are asking us to collect more robust data to show the value of our work. We are not always of the same mind however, regarding what we can realistically measure, what will be meaningful, how the data we collect can be used, what it means, etc. To that end, and with the help of several Colorado DV programs, CCADV developed an issue brief entitled Measuring Outcomes in Short Term Crisis Intervention Organizations.
As part of our efforts to clarify best practices in measuring outcomes, Dr. Cris Sullivan will present her workshop FOR GOOD MEASURE. Cris has worked with other state coalitions, their funders and legislators, who are facing similar issues in trying to ensure that outcome measurement requirements are in line with best practices, are feasible and meaningful and don’t put undue burden on DV advocates or survivors. The workshop agenda will cover 1) the evidence base that exists behind our work; 2) meaningful outcome measures we can use and why we might choose one over another; 3) how to collect this date with limited resources and without imposing on the survivors with whom we work; 4) how to talk with funders about outcomes, etc. We will set this up as a webinar and hopefully live stream the session to maximize the participation of DV programs across Colorado.
We have purposely scheduled this session in April as DVP is one entity currently working hard to identify the outcomes related data they would like funded programs to collect. Our hope is that Cris’ workshop will increase our collective knowledge about best practices in outcomes measurement and how to use the findings that result from these efforts, enhance our ability to discuss the impact of our work, and bring both the entities asking for data and those collecting the data to a place where the needs of all are more likely to be met.
To register for the workshop, either in-person or via live stream, please contact Ellen Stein Wallace, email@example.com.
Region meetings are planned for the 1st week in May. Region III is set for Friday, May 9th. Staff liaisons are working to identify exact meeting dates for Regions I, II and IV. Agendas will include updates on all current projects and policy work as well as time for discussion of community specific emerging issues and topics of concern.
Colorado Advocacy in Action June 2 – 4, 2014, Vail Marriott Resort: Registration is now open for both the Trauma-Informed Care institute with Dr. Stephanie Covington and the conference which features 24 workshops, 4 roundtable discussions and keynote speaker Steve LePore (Founder and Executive Director of 1in6.org). The CCADV annual meeting will take place on Monday, June 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Silent Auction: This year our annual conference will feature a silent auction to raise funds for both CCADV and CCASA programs. To make this a success – we need you to share your talents! Are you a photographer, a seamstress, an artist, a baker, a candlestick maker? And would you be willing to create and donate an item for the auction? Do you have a lovely piece of art that you no longer have a place for, a cool set of wine glasses that are begging for a new home, a piece of jewelry that you just never seem to wear? Donate an item today!
Purple Ribbon Awards: As many of you know, each year CCADV recognizes and promotes excellence in domestic violence victim advocacy throughout Colorado through the presentation of Purple Ribbon Awards. The awards ceremony takes place at the annual Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference. We are now accepting nominations! Nominations must be received by April 25, 2014 to be considered. All nominations must be made by CCADV members (DV program staff and volunteers, community partners, or individual members). Non-members can collaborate with a CCADV member to make a nomination. Find out more or nominate someone today!
New Issue Brief: In response to member programs questions about shelter staffing levels, CCADV recently develop an issue brief - Staffing of Domestic Violence Shelters.
While many shelters might like to have staff in the shelter facility for at least a few hours each day, the ability to do so is often limited by available resources. Domestic Violence programs across Colorado and the nation work to create the best options possible for providing quality advocacy and safe shelter with the limited resources they have, for the survivors and children who reach out to them for assistance. As long as domestic violence organizations put key safety and procedural practices in place, and train advocates on creating appropriate relationships and providing client-centered advocacy with those residing in shelter, limited staffing should not be perceived as a problem.
Executive Director search process: It is time. We have a dynamic and working strategic plan that is directing our work. Based on that plan we have: 1) hired a part-time Communications and Membership Coordinator to develop and implement a communications strategy that increases the capacity of CCADV and our members for effective communication with the public and media, and increases our collective ability to proactively address and respond to issues related to DV, 2) implemented strategies to be more responsive and accountable to, communicative and transparent with you – our Membership, 3) created a more robust website that houses myriad resources for members and the community, 4) begun utilizing a variety of means (video-conferencing, live streaming, webinars, online learning center) for members to participate in meetings and trainings that do not require travel away from your programs, 5) and begun implementing working groups on several topics (TIC, Rural, DV/CPS, conference roundtables) to not only enhance our understanding and ability to integrate best practices into our work, but also to create opportunities for member engagement, networking and shared expertise. CCADV
Bylaws have been revised, membership has increased, a development plan is in place, the Board is energized and staff is and has been comprised of amazingly knowledgeable and talented experts ready to provide members with training and technical assistance on a wide range of topics.
We are now in a good place to begin our search for a permanent ED. The job announcement has gone out nationwide and the search committee will begin reviewing applicants the week of April 7th. If you have questions, thoughts, recommendations regarding the search process and/or what you want to see in the next ED, please contact either Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deb Bittner (email@example.com), Chair of the search committee. Our hope is to hire our new ED in time for introductions at the June annual conference.
Productivity and collective action is alive and well at CCADV. If you have not already renewed your membership or joined CCADV for the first time, there is no time like Spring in Colorado! Here is information on membership benefits and applications for individuals, community partners and DV programs. We look forward to working with you.
Ellen Stein Wallace
Interim Executive Director
CCADV is excited to announce the launch of its NEW website which went live on April 1. You’ll still find us at www.ccadv.org and you’ll LOVE our new look and user-friendly design.
We really did it! It took us longer than we had hoped – but the new site is up and running. Not only is it pretty, it is full of information with more coming in the days, weeks, and months ahead. CCADV Members will have access to a comprehensive resource library that includes past webinar trainings, training materials, public policy guides, media guides, and much more! The first two online learning center courses will launch later this month (DV 101 and Understanding Batterers) with an additional two courses coming before year end.
Current members should have received information on temporary access to the members only section. In the next few days, members will receive a unique user name and password which will be needed for access. All members will receive a separate email with their log-in information. If you have not requested a username and password yet, contact Amy Pohl.
By Amy Miller, CCADV Public Policy Director
CCADV public policy work has focused on HB 1162 – Custody Protections for Victims of Sexual Assault Where A Child Is Conceived and HB 1017, which seeks to create adequate and dedicated funds to expand the availability of affordable housing in our state.
Additionally, the CCADV Strangulation Policy Subcommittee is meeting to explore the current handling of crimes involving strangulation and suffocation in Colorado and recommendations for improvements to the handling of crimes that involve these acts. CCADV staff also participate on various working groups such as the DVOMB and its Victim Advocacy Committee, the DV & Legal Issues Committee of the Colorado Bar, both the Child and Adult Fatality Review committees, DVP Advisory and Planning committees, and others.
White House Regional Summit on Working Families: The White House recently announced a series of 5 regional events, leading up to a large Work/Family Summit at the end of June, one of which is in Denver on April 11. CCADV was invited to participate on one of the panels for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Regional Forum in Denver. Kristiana Huitron, CCADV Latina Outreach Project Manager, will represent the organization on the Why Family Leave is a Family Value panel to highlight the economic and workplace needs for survivors of domestic violence. It is our hope that CCADV’s participation will help to vault the issue of domestic violence in the workplace and the related needs of survivors into the national dialogue and into the federal policy agenda on women’s economic security. Registration to attend the Denver Regional Forum is still open: http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/271/Dept-of-Labor-Regional-Forums---Denver
To participate in CCADV’s Public Policy Committee, or to sign up to receive policy updates and action alerts email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affordable Health Care Act guidance:
- The IRS and the Treasury Department have just announced new guidance that exempts domestic violence victims from the requirement that married couples must file their taxes jointly in order to receive the premium tax credit under the Affordable Care Act. This means that domestic violence victims, whether married or unmarried, may file their taxes separately and will still be eligible to receive a tax credit to help pay for their premiums under the ACA.
- Also, because of this change, the Department of Health and Human Services has created a special enrollment period for domestic violence victims who previously assumed or were informed that the tax credits were unavailable to them if they were married and not filing a joint tax return. Victims of domestic violence who are married and filing separately can now enroll in health coverage until May 31, 2014.
Enhancing Safety: A Guide to Identifying Services from CFFPP
Providing Language Access in the Courts: Working Together to Ensure Justice
- The Guide to Identifying Services is designed for domestic violence advocates, but is useful to anyone working in low-income communities of color. African American and Latina women who live in poverty – including domestic violence victims and survivors – have identified that sometimes connecting the men in their lives to social welfare services would help ease women’s burden. The Guide to Identifying Services helps service providers find and learn about local programs that work with low-income men.
- Along with Enhancing Safety for Women, this Guide will help agencies figure out whether connecting with a local program that provides social services to men could respond to currently unmet need among women.
- For more information on domestic violence and poverty in communities of color see:
April 7 (12:00-1:30pm): Supporting Survivors with Disabilities and Deaf Survivors: Key Considerations for Accessing Protection Orders and Other Supports presented by NCPOFFC.
April 15 (11:00 am-1:00 pm MST): Survivor-Centered Advocacy: Exploring Core Principles & Promising Practices presented by TC-TAT and Washington State CADV.
April 15 (): Strategies to Prosecute Interstate Domestic Violence Crimes presented by NCPOFFC.
April 17 (1:00-2:30 pm MST) Military-Related Interpersonal Violence Survivors and
Co-Occurring Conditions presented by Battered Women's Justice Project. Research has established that a history of trauma can result in a variety of problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, substance abuse, and other health and mental health conditions. This webinar will discuss these co-occurring conditions and the effect they have on functioning in all areas of a survivor's life as well as how they impact risk and danger and the ability to access services.
April 17 (12:00-1:30 pm MST) Articulating Your Program's Plan presented by Center of Victimization and Safety.
April 21 (12:00-1:30 pm MST) Fatality Reviews: Process and Outcomes presented by BWJP. The faculty will discuss research on Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR) team initiatives. DVFR teams are a means of identifying systemic gaps in the response to domestic violence and in clarifying opportunity points for prevention of femicide by legal and health systems, as well as community members and family/friends/co-workers. Little is known about whether DVFRs facilitate change in community-level response to domestic violence. The research undertaken by the faculty evaluated whether the recommendations made by one state-level DVFR had an effect on community and organizational priorities and practices and whether these were implemented by the various institutions involved in coordinated DV response at the county level. The faculty will also describe other models of DVFRs and the potential various DVFR approaches have for systemic reform.
April 22 (1:00-2:30 MST) Examiners presented by The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse. In honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, this webinar will focus on building awareness of the context and experiences of LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence, and offer participants strategies for providing meaningful and culturally sensitive services, advocacy, and forensic examinations.
April 24 (12:00-1:30 pm MST) Growing Our Impact: Moving from individual awareness building to community norms change strategies as a part of sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts presented by PreventConnect (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
April 28 (12:00-1:30 pm MST) Immigration 101: Immigration Remedies in Removal Proceedings and your Role as an Advocate presented by Battered Women's Justice Project.
April 30 (1:00-2:30 pm MST) What Can We Learn From Turned-Around Cases presented by Battered Women's Justice Project. In this presentation, new information will be presented about the results of a case analysis of 27 custody cases involving the abuse of children. In these cases, a judge initially ordered the children into unsupervised contact with an abusive parent and then a later judicial decision protected the children from abuse. This sample is illustrative of failures common in family court where signs of child abuse are ignored and theories which blame the mother, such as accusations of parental alienation are relied upon. The case analysis shows that it is often the court-ordered custody evaluators who recommend access to the unsafe parent and experts in child abuse and domestic violence who correct the information for the court. This presentation will present recommendations derived from this case analysis about how to approach allegations of abuse in contested custody cases so that children are more consistently protected.
Denver Metro Area (or statewide by streaming)
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For Good Measure: Measuring Success on Our Own Terms
Presenter: Cris Sullivan
Workshop provides practical strategies
for evaluating your program. Dr. Sullivan will talk about the evidence base that exists behind our work. You will learn how to give funders the information they need (with no extra funds or time), while getting information that is actually meaningful to programs and survivors.
Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center
Court of Appeals Courtroom (court side of the building, under the dome)
2 East 14th
Avenue, Denver, CO 80202
**To register for this workshop, contact Ellen Stein Wallace
by April 10.
Attendees can register to participate in person or via live stream.
There is no cost for CCADV members. Non-member registration is $25.
Information on parking, hotels and lunch will be provided to you upon registration.
Grand Junction Western Slope
Combined N*STAR and Community Training Schedule through January, 2015
This schedule includes Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable (CPGR) Outreach Webinars, Mesa County Fundraisers Network Meetings, Mesa County Public Library District/Foundation Center Series, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Webinars, and other training and networking opportunities. Events listed are at no cost to participants unless otherwise noted. To be added to an email distribution list of trainings, or to add a training event, please email email@example.com.
June 2 – 4, 2014
Vail Marriott Resort
is now open for both the Trauma-Informed Care institute with Dr. Stephanie Covington and the conference which features 24 workshops, 4 roundtable discussions and keynote speaker Steve LePore (Founder and Executive Director of 1in6.org).
The Fundamentals of Representation of Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence from Tribal Communities
May 15-16 (Registration closes April 11!
This interactive, 2-day training will provide litigation skills for practicing attorneys and advocacy skills for legal advocates that will enable them to more effectively, ethically, and holistically represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking from Tribal nations and communities. Through a variety of learning activities including small group exercises, demonstrations, role-plays, and facilitated discussions, participants will be better able to safely and effectively represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking from Tribal nations and communities.
Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program - Midwest Regional Conference
September 8-9, 2014
St. Louis, MO
The NCJFCJ and OVW are proud to sponsor three Regional Conferences on Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange. These conferences will provide concrete practice strategies and models for incorporating the Guiding Principles into everyday practice for supervised visitation and safe exchange services that account for domestic violence. National experts will provide education on safety and security, policy development, working with men who batter, women who use violence in intimate partner relationships and custody decisions in cases of domestic violence. The conferences will highlight effective practices, offer tips and tools, provide an opportunity for networking, and inspire and invigorate participants.
Mary Kay 2014 Shelter Grants
Mary Kay Foundation
The Mary Kay Foundation awards grants to United States organizations that assist survivors of domestic violence by operating emergency shelters. The awards are announced each October in observance of National Violence Awareness Month.
At least one grant per state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, is awarded. Grants of $20,000 were awarded in 2013.
Eligible entities are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that operate emergency shelters for survivors of domestic violence located in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
April 30, 2014
Application Guidelines/Submission Requirements:
See the website for detailed information.
IN THE NEWS
The Affordable Health Care Act
Eight out of 10 uninsured Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders may be eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or tax credits in the Health Insurance
Full article: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/03/20140318a.html
New Information and Options for Domestic Violence Victims
Full text: http://nnedv.org/downloads/Policy/ACA_FactSheet_2014.pdf
On Policy and Law
Women: When We Succeed We Can Also Escape Abuse
Legal Momentum’s vice president for governmental relations, Lisalyn Jacobs, has written an article for Women’s eNews on how policy can empower survivors of domestic violence
The article outlines several ways in which equal pay and sick and safe leave can enable survivors of domestic violence to escape their abusers. Higher wages mean survivors can more easily break away from an abuser and afford such things as child care.
Full text: http://womensenews.org/story/domestic-violence/140312/women-when-we-succeed-we-can-also-escape-abuse
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